Reformation vs. Transformation

As I was driving back from a meeting and listening to the radio I was having a conversation on the basis of one thought, people confuse reformation for transformation and don’t realize that they are 2 separate things.  Reformation is all about bringing something back to they way it used to be and to be quite honest doing this isn’t necessarily a good thing even if what you are trying to bring it back to was something good as what was good and effective yesterday doesn’t mean that it’s going to be good and effective today or tomorrow for that matter.  Then there’s transformation.  Transformation is taking something in its current state and bringing it beyond where it currently is to something completely different than it previously was.  Just like reformation, transformation isn’t necessarily a good thing either at all times if your transformation has brought you or something into a dark place.

More often than not, reformation is useful when what you are trying to do is get yourself back to an optimal place when you have fallen from it while transformation is something that becomes a necessity when in order to go where you want to go or be who you want to be you need to be someone you’ve never been before.  When I say that, I’m not talking about pretending or trying to fit in with the Jones’ as much as I’m saying that you need to stretch and grow to a place that you’ve never been to before.

T his was an interesting conversation as it showed me that there were times in my life in which I was seeking transformation when it was reformation that I needed and vice versa; seeking reformation when I needed transformation.


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